To find a job, you need to start NETWORKING!

December 01, 2017

High School learners need to NETWORK to develop relationships that can lead to job opportunities.

Here are some tips to help you find a job:

1. Write down a list of companies you would like to work for:  
Communicating your goals to paper help make them more realistic.  You should also document the type of work you would like to do, such as working with people, a creative team, interacting with customers, working with code or technology.

2. Build a professional social media profile such as LinkedIn:  

Some companies do not advertise their jobs online and use referral as a source of finding skills, so let your family, friends and acquaintances know about the type of career opportunities you are interested in.  Source, identify and make contact with at least 5 people who have worked in the industry or had a similar job to the one’s you are interested in.  Ask to have an informal interview /chat with them to discuss their career path, the mistakes made and lessons learned – you will be amazed to know how willing people are to share and give guidance.

3. Arrange to job shadow a career of interest:  

The people you will contact will most likely be very busy, so it is important that you arrive prepared, on time and with the objective to observe and gather information, ask questions similar to these: 
*How did you get into this career? 
*What do you love about your job? 
*If you could, what would you change about your career right now? 
*What skills or qualification would better prepare me for this job? 
*What is the entry level salary I can expect from this career , but whatever you do, don't ask this person how much they earn!

4. Prepare a short concise cv or a professional business/contact card:  
Leaving the company with either your cv or a contact card, to ensure they remember you.  It would also be a good idea to send an e-mail to thank them for their time.